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Rembrandt: A Novel

4.41 of 5 stars 4.41  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  6 reviews
If the story of Rembrandt's life is a great subject for the novelist, it is not because his development into one of the world's supreme painters has profound spiritual significance. His life, unlike that of most creative artists, was closely intertwined with his work; and the conflicts of family, class, marriage, children and society that run through his turbulent career h ...more
Hardcover, 659 pages
Published February 1st 1961 by Random House (first published 1961)
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Gregg Bell
It is said Vincent Van Gogh stood and stared at a Rembrandt painting in the Louvre and said, "This man must have lived and died many times to be able to paint like this."

I can not believe how little information on-line there is on "Rembrandt" by Gladys Schmitt. It took adding the author's name to find it on Goodreads. I have read just about every book you can imagine on great artists. Fiction, non-fiction, fictionalized, you name it. All I have to say is, this book is the best one of them all.

Jun 10, 2008 Olga rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all Rembrandt lovers/biography lovers
Largely accurate fictional biography. Beautiful and sensitive recreation not only of the artist's life and work but also the times in which he lived.
I read this first in 1962 and really enjoyed it; in the past few years I’ve wanted to read it again and finally found a copy. Rembrandt was a complex man. He was a talented painter but full of self-doubt and his paintings were often misunderstood or underestimated by his peers. His family life was full of sorrow. His wife Saskia bore him four children; only the last, Titus, lived beyond infancy. On her death, Saskia left a large amount of money (from her wealthy family) to Titus, but Rembrandt ...more
This is an old book - 1960. My mother gave me a used copy that she must have found at a library book sale. I've had it since my high school or college days. I've kept it with me through many moves from place to place. Finally read it! It was a wonderful, sensitive biography which emphasized many of of themes in Rembrandt's work. I really loved this book. It was long (650 pages) but the depth and detail were worth it. I wish there were a better cover image here. My copy has one of Rembrandt's sel ...more
An historical fiction that sucked me in to the life of Rembrandt. I loved putting together the pieces of his life that I had previously only seen through his artwork.
Glady Schmitt captures the essence of artistic passion and tragedy.
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